Good full red. Aromas of cherry syrup and menthol. Sweet on the front end, with flavors similar to the aromas. Then finishes with rather tough, drying tannins.
Deep red. Complex, scented nose combines strawberry, cherry, marzipan, flowers, spices, black pepper and nutty oak. Suave, dense and sweet, with the wine's glyceral texture leavened by a peppery quality. Nicely balanced and long, finishing with fine, building tannins.
Red-ruby. Strawberry liqueur and nutty oak aromas, with hints of pepper and licorice. Suave, minerally and tight; distinctly less fleshy today than the Gattera but with more thrust and energy. Then subtly sweet and long on the back end, with very fine tannins. Solidly structured Barolo that seems more youthfully unevolved than the Gattera.
Red-ruby. Raspberry, plum, cedar, mocha and menthol on the nose. Sweet and perfumed but tight and dominated by its structure. In a rather clenched style that I would not have identified as coming from La Morra. Not yet expressive (today the 2000 version is more satisfying) but boasts excellent vinosity and grip. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent, with finishing notes of marzipan, spice and flowers.
Full ruby-red. Deep, vinous aromas of dark fruits, licorice, menthol, white truffle and underbrush; less reserved than the Conca but still quite primary. Lush on entry, then big, sweet and rich, with liqueur-like ripeness and great mouthfilling texture. But this is also quite youthful and laid-back, and possesses superb backbone. Finishes with terrific length and noble, horizontal tannins that spread out to saturate the palate. These 2001s promise to be the best set of Barolos to date from this producer.
($45) Medium red. Aromatic nose of raspberry, sandalwood, smoke, cedar and menthol. On the lean side, and slightly minty. Not particularly tannic, but owing to the wine's modest flesh and sweetness the finish comes across as a bit dry.
($60; aged in 50% new barriques, vs. 20% for the normale Good deep red. Fruitier aromas of raspberry and spiced meats. Juicy, bright red berry flavors complicated by minty and saline nuances. More primary and a bit denser than the regular Barolo. Here the tannins are also a tad dry, but hit the palate later.
($68; 50% new barriques Medium red. Complex nose melds smoke, flint, minerals, dried flowers and menthol. Lush and sweet, but with a light touch. Lively flavors of strawberry and minerals. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lingering sweetness and minerality. This needs three or four years of additional cellaring.
($75; 50% new barriques Good deep red. Ripe aromas of strawberry syrup and baking spices, with a subtle floral overlay. The fullest, broadest and sweetest of this set of 2000s, with very ripe flavors of strawberry syrup and nutmeg. This is 14.8% alcohol, vs. 14.5% for the estate's other 2000 Barolos, yet the wine does not come off as heavy. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and excellent length.
($90) Good dark red. Subtly complex aromas of currant, mocha, menthol and nutmeg. Very ripe for this bottling but without quite the floral perfume and lift of the 2001. Dominated today by a sappy spiciness. A bit subdued in the middle palate, and yet this is rather approachable today. Finishes with slightly dusty tannins. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)